by Christina Baker Kline, who has spun a beautiful tale. There are two main characters (Vivian and Molly) and it tells how they came together. The present and the past weave together to create a dynamic story and relationship between the two characters. As a historical fiction, it also explores some of American history with a focus on the orphan trains and the way that they effected a single person. This is a story of suffering and how people struggle to come through those events. It also explores the ideas of hope and fate. How do we give our lives meaning? In many ways Vivian and Molly are very much alike. It demonstrates the way that humanity essentially remains the same even when a great deal of time passes. It is a sad story, but one that also offers hope. Beautiful.
Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren did a wonderful job in conveying the complex emotions of the characters. I really liked that there were two readers, one for each of teh main characters. It really helped flesh the experience out and give a clearer sense to where in history we were. Since Vivian’s story is told in the past and Molly’s in told in the present, switching the readers also indicates a switch in the story time. Both their voices are a pleasure to listen to.